Reflections on the Trivium

It’s just that I found myself wondering whether typical undergraduates today know at least enough logic and grammar to follow the reasoning above. At one time, centuries ago, every pupil at a good high school was expected to study the three subjects that medieval scholars regarded as prerequisites to all higher learning: logic, grammar, and rhetoric. Those constituted the trivium: Only after mastering them could you go on to the upper-division subjects of the quadrivium (arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy). I was just wondering (not for the first time) if we could be sure today that every university graduate is well acquainted with the essentials of the subjects making up the trivium.

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